The existence of A Tribe Called Quest’s final forthcoming album was only a rumor until last night (October 27).
Q-Tip made a surprise announcement Thursday that the legendary Queens, New York, hip-hop group would be releasing their final LP next month. The existence of the album was confirmed by L.A. Reid over the summer, but since limited developments followed, the fate of its release remained in limbo.
“To all the good people worldwide! We hope this letter finds you and yours safe and without a scratch!” he writes. “Last year this time myself, Jarobi, Ali and Phife had the extreme pleasure of performing on the Tonight Show. It was our first TV performance in 18 years,” the rapper wrote. “The energy for us that night was one that we hadn’t experienced on stage together in some time!”
Then came the album announcement...
“So we collected ourselves and along tribesmen, Busta and Cons … we completed what will be, obviously the final A Tribe Called Quest album!” Q-Tip wrote enthusiastically. “No this isn’t filled with old Phife bars … This is that pure, unstopped on pure!!”
He then concluded: “And on November 11, 2016, we will complete our paths of rhythm … Join us! Peace!! Q-Tip.”
The last full album we got from A Tribe Called Quest was from all the way back in 1998 with The Love Movement. Since then, compilation projects have been released, but they often just included songs or remixes of previously released material.
Check out Q-Tip’s awesome announcement regarding the final Tribe album below.
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